Moms for Liberty, a parents-rights group and Orthodox Jewish ally that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called a hate group, announced recently that its third annual Joyful Warrior Summit has been rescheduled to Aug. 28-31, 2024 in Washington, D.C.
“Immediately after announcing the original dates for our 2024 national summit, our Jewish members made us aware that it was also Rosh Hashanah,” Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich, the group’s co-founders, told JNS. “We updated the contract and changed the dates.”
Bethany Mandel, a conservative columnist and co-author of the 2023 book Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a Generation, told JNS that conservative conferences often get scheduled on Jewish holidays.
“I suspect that hotels and convention centers give deals on days other groups won’t book events,” Mandel said.
But when she saw that the summit was slated for the High Holidays, she notified Justice.
“I joked that they were in fact antisemitic by booking it on a holiday,” Mandel said. “Justice immediately replied in seriousness and said they had already been notified of the error, that they considered it an error, and they would be changing the dates immediately.”
A few weeks later, the new dates were announced.
“Moms for Liberty have been smeared as antisemitic, because a chapter in Tennessee quoted Hitler, not approvingly, but that didn’t stop their enemies from using antisemitism as a political weapon,” Mandel said. “They prove with their actions who they are, and they’re obviously pretty bad at being antisemites.”